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New Online Class—Textures!

If the above video doesn’t run in the post, please view it at this link on YouTube. Yes, I’ve got a new online class starting April 1, 2017.  I’m so excited about my new class “Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media” that I’ve made a short video to give you a peek. Simply click on […]

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CR Is My Best Life Model

  Dick always goes to see his parents on Saturday. I like to go on different days during the week so that they get lots of visits. Sometimes I go with Dick because I will cut CR’s hair, or I’ll go get Phyllis (she’s on a different floor) and bring her down, so they can […]

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Artist’s Sketchbook—A New Book on Sketching from Cathy Johnson

Left: Cover of the Artist's Sketchbook. Click on the image to view an enlargement. The publication of a new painting or sketching book from Cathy Johnson is always an happy and exciting event for me. Johnson is one of my art heroes. Like many other artists I was first aware of her work through her how-to-articles […]

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Someone Really Wants to Take Gouache to the Fair

Left: The scan of my second chicken test on the Canson Plein Air Watercolor Board (cold press). This is 9 x 12 inches and done with a Uni Posca Marker, the Pentel Pigment Brush Pen with the squeezy barrel, a Montana Acrylic Marker, and Daniel Smith Watercolors applied with a Niji water brush. Completed under […]

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Eyebrow Update: My All-Time Favorite Sketch of Richard and His Eyebrows (so far)

Above: Dick, sketched from life using a non-photo blue pencil, on an 8 x 8 inch page in the Seawhite journal. The writing at the bottom reads "Caran D'Ache Sketcher, non-photo blue; 6.12.16, 5 min. sketch; Dick standing in kitchen, overhead light and side." There seems to be a piece of lint on the scanner, […]

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Summer Reading at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch with gouache. This is a quick sketch I made using colors set out for another project—forcing myself to use pigments I don't normally use. Shinola Sketchbook test journal; spread 16 x 9.5 inches. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Tonight at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota […]

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Why I Love Gouache

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch in a Japanese Lined Journal. This sketch was made on a spread first covered with Montana Acrylic Marker and washi tape. I then painted with gouache, just the areas of the portrait that I wanted to paint, using the paint opaquely when I wanted to obscure the lines and background color, […]

There’s Still Time To Sign Up for May’s Simple Round Back Spine Bookbinding Class

If you've got an urge to make some visual journals in May or bind custom sketchbooks for yourself, you still have time to sign up for my 2016 Simple Round Back Spine Class.  Class begins on May 1. You can read all about class here. Or you can go right to the registration page by clicking […]

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Where Does Inspiration Come From?

Above: Some pre-lunch sketching with a serendipitous quotation from "Rear Window." There is a tab between these two pages, created when the book was bound and I have digitally erased the tab where it covers part of the right hand page image and text. 8 x 8 inch hand bound book using a now defunct […]

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A January Selfie

Left: I ended up doing a bunch of large (12 x 16.5 inches) self portraits with brush pen in January. Usually long after I really should have been in bed. Dick thinks I look too tired, but he'd already gone to bed so he doesn't actually know does he? Wave paper from Kunst and Papier, and […]

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